Oct. 27, 2003
The Game: The Washington football team (2-2 in the Pac-10, 4-4 overall) begins the month of November with a game against one of its oldest rivals as Oregon (2-2, 5-3) comes to Husky Stadium for a 7:00 p.m. game this Saturday, November 1. The game sets up as a crucial tilt for UW's postseason hopes as the Huskies are in search of a minimum of two more wins to become eligible for a bowl. Saturday's game will air live nationwide on TBS Superstation. After the Oregon game, the UW returns to the road for its next two games, Nov. 8 at Arizona and Nov. 15 at California, before returning home for the Apple Cup vs. Washington State No. 22.
Huskies vs. Ducks History: Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 57 wins, 33 losses and five ties. While the series of games playing in Eugene is tied at 11-11 all-time, the Huskies are 30-17-4 in games played in Seattle. The Huskies are 10-8 all-time at Autzen Stadium and went 16-5-1 in 22 meetings in Portland's Civic (Multnomah) Stadium for an overall record of 36-24-1 in games played in the state of Oregon. Saturday's game will mark the Ducks' first visit to Husky Stadium since 1999. In 2000 and 2002, the UW and Oregon met at Autzen Stadium while in 2001, the Ducks and Huskies didn't play each other, the first break in the series since 1943, when Washington played only military opponents. The Ducks have had the slight edge of late, winning five of the last eight against the Dawgs. Prior to last season's Husky win at Eugene (42-14), the last Husky win came in Seattle in 1999 (also the last time the Ducks have visited Seattle), when UW QB Marques Tuiasosopo had one of his better career days (17-for-21 for 311 yards, 0 INTs and 3 TDs) and Willie Hurst ran for 161 in a 34-20 Washington win. Washington and Oregon first met on the football field in 1900, a 43-0 Oregon win in Eugene. The Huskies got their first win in the series in the next meeting, a 6-5 victory in 1903. From 1974 to 1993, Washington won 17 of 20 meetings, though Oregon has taken five of the last eight. The series also features one of the biggest year-to-year turnarounds in college football history as the Ducks beat the Huskies, 58-0, in 1973 and then lost at the UW, 66-0, the following year. Ninth-year Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is 4-3 vs. Washington. While at California, current Husky head man Keith Gilbertson beat the Ducks only once in four tries. That one win, however, was dramatic as, on October 2, 1993 in Berkeley, the Golden Bears overcame a 30-0 deficit (the third-biggest in NCAA history at the time) to beat the Ducks, 42-41. In 1995, Bellotti's first as UO head coach, he and Gilbertson squared off as head coaches for their only time. Oregon won that game, 52-30.
Prince Charles, Meet The King: Junior receiver/returner Charles Frederick turned in a game for the ages October 18 in the Huskies' 38-17 win at then-No. 22 Oregon State. Frederick, long known by the nickname "E.T.", set new career highs with nine receptions for 216 yards, good for two touchdowns. One of those two scores went for 87 yards, the second-longest receiving play in Husky history. Frederick also dazzled the national TV audience with an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, sixth-longest in Husky lore. He finished with 216 receiving yards, 101 punt return yards and 54 kickoff return yards, good for a grand total of 371 all-purpose yards and was, as far as the records indicate, the first Pac-10 player ever to score twice in a game on plays of longer than 85 yards (USC's media guide doesn't have sufficient records to know for sure). Those 371 all-purpose yards broke a 53-year old school record held by "The King," Hugh McElhenny, who compiled 362 in a game vs. Washington State in 1950. McElhenny, considered by many the greatest offensive player in school history, went on to an NFL Hall of Fame career. Frederick's 371 yards were only eight short of the Pac-10 record of 379, set by Stanford's Glyn Milburn in 1990.
Television: The Washington-Oregon game will air live on TBS Superstation with Ron Thulin, Charles Davis, Craig Sager and Erin Andrews providing the commentary. It will also air on tape delay the Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on Fox Sports in the Northwest with Jim Watson and Sonny Sixkiller calling the action. All remaining replays will be shown Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Additionally, "Husky Football Experience" airs each Thursday during the season on Fox Sports. The second-year, Emmy-winning program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with one-on-one interviews and sideline video.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to four different states on 23 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Steve Sandmeyer.
Washington-Oregon Ties: While there isn't much crossover between the UW and UO coaching staffs, many Husky and Duck players have played with or against one another in their high school days. The two teams' defensive coordinators -- UW's Tim Hundley and UO's Nick Aliotti -- worked together on the coaching staff at Oregon State in 1982 and 1983. UO receivers coach Dan Ferrigno, secondary coach John Neal and Hundley also worked together at OSU from 1987 to 1989. UO linebackers coach Don Pellum worked as an assistant athletic director at California for the first year of Husky offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson's tenure as the Bears' head coach (1992). Washington's roster includes only one player from the state of Oregon -- freshman Erik Berglund (Beaverton HS). The Ducks' roster includes six Washingtonians: WR Jordan Carey (Olympia/Capital), QB Johnny DuRocher (Graham/Bethel), DE Devan Long (Anacortes), LB Jerry Matson (Edmonds/Kamiak ... teammate of UW CB Derrick Bradley), WR Alex Mercier (Edmonds/Blanchet) and OL Josh Tschirgi (Vancouver/Skyview). A number of other Huskies and Ducks went to the same high school: UW OT Rob Meadow, UO CB Charles Favroth, OLB David Martin and WR Demetrius Williams all played at Northern California powerhouse De La Salle High. Husky tailback Chris Singleton and Duck CB Aaron Gipson both went to Etiwanda (Calif.) High. UW corner Sam Cunningham and Oregon LB Rob Hamilton are both grads of L.A.'s Westchester High. Oregon free safety Keith Lewis went to high school at Sacramento's Valley High with UW DE Manase Hopoi. UW freshman Brandon Ala and UO freshman Enoka Lucas were classmates at Honolulu's Kamehameha High. Duck receiver Samie Parker, rover Marley Tucker and UW freshman Kim Taylor attended Long Beach Poly.
Last Year vs. Oregon: After falling behind, 14-0 with 6:09 left in the first quarter, Washington dominated the 23rd-ranked Ducks the rest of the way, cruising to a 42-14 win in front of an Autzen Stadium-record 57,112 fans last Nov. 16. The Husky defense allowed only 122 yards over the final three and a half quarters and held the Ducks to no yards in the fourth quarter. Cody Pickett, who broke the Pac-10 season passing yards record, threw for 316 yards and four TDs on 26-of-37 passing while Reggie Williams had a career day with 14 catches for 198 yards and three scores. Williams broke the school's single-season receptions record and career receiving yards mark. Down 14-0, the UW drove 67 yards and scored late in the first on a five-yard Rich Alexis run. The scored was tied at 14-14 at half after Pickett hit Williams with a 23-yard scoring pass in the second. After the break, Derrick Johnson recorded his second interception of the day and, on the ensuing play, Alexis scored on an option play from 13 yards out. After a UW fumble recovery on a punt, Pickett threw to Patrick Reddick on a six-yard score. Williams then scored on 47 and 41-yard passes in the fourth to put the game away. UW rushed for a season-high 163 yards on the day, with Alexis gaining 122 on 30 carries. The UW also possessed the ball for 40:09 of the game's 60 minutes and punter Derek McLaughlin broke his own school record with an 80-yard punt.
Dawgs and the Northwest: Washington's oldest and longest rivalries are against the other three other northwest Pac-10 schools. The Huskies have faced Oregon 95 times, Washington State in 95 games and Oregon State on 88 occasions, including last week. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 57-33-5, Washington State 62-27-6 and Oregon State 57-27-4. Combined, Washington has a 176-87-15 (.660) record against its northwest rivals, including a sweep of all three last season.
Under The Lights: The Huskies' 7 p.m. start this Saturday vs. Oregon (the first November night game ever at UW) will mark only the seventh night game in Husky Stadium history, though night games are becoming increasingly common with the installation of permanent lights at Husky Stadium. Washington is 4-2 in night games, and there have been several classics among those six games. The 1985 loss to Oklahoma State, a disputable "night" game with its 5:30 p.m. start, featured State's Thurman Thomas rushing for 237 yards on 40 carries. In 1992, the Huskies beat Nebraska, 29-14, in one of the loudest games in Husky Stadium history. In 1998, the famous "Leap by the Lake," Ortege Jenkins' game-winning flip into the endzone, came in a 31-28 Arizona win. In 1999, Washington handed Oregon a 34-20 loss despite the Ducks scoring on the opening kickoff. Willie Hurst ran for 161 yards and Marques Tuiasosopo completed 17-of-21 for 211 yards and three TDs. In 2000, Oregon State missed a last-second field goal that would have sent the game into overtime as Washington won, 33-30. Last season's only home night game was a 38-7 win over Wyoming.
Spreading It Around: Through eigth games, Washington has had a remarkable 17 players record a pass reception during the 2003 season. A scan of the records indicates that the UW has never had as many as 17 receivers make a catch in a single season (records go back to 1972; before that only leaders are listed in final stats). Washington has used 16 receivers in two somewhat recent seasons: 1992 and 2001, when the 16 receivers included Omare Lowe (on a shovel pass on a fake punt) and quarterback Cody Pickett (thrown to himself on a batted pass). Of the 17 Huskies to catch a pass this year, 11 were making their first career reception: Kenny James, Quintin Daniels, Shelton Sampson, Ben Bandel, Adam Seery, Ty Eriks, Corey Williams, Isaiah Stanback, Sonny Shackelford, Clayton Ramsey and Jon Lyon. The Oregon State game last week was truly an anomoly as the Huskies completed passes to only four receivers.
Ranked-Wins Streak: With a win at No. 22 Oregon State this season, the Huskies extended a streak that has now lasted 16 years. As of this week, the Huskies have beaten at least one team ranked in the Associated Press poll in each of the last 16 seasons. This Saturday's game at Oregon State represents the Huskies' second chance this season to extend that streak after falling to then-No. 2 Ohio State in the season opener. In fact, Washington has defeated an AP-ranked team in 26 of its last 27 seasons prior to 2002. The only break in the streak came in 1988 when the Huskies played only two games against nationally-ranked foes -- UCLA (No. 2) and USC (No. 3), losing both of those games.
D.J. Picks Up The Pace: Junior cornerback Derrick Johnson has long been a key part of the Husky defensive secondary, having started 22 games in his UW career. After having registered only one interception over the first 21 games of his career, he's emerged as a top pickoff artist. Over the last 11 regular season games, Johnson has compiled eight interceptions to raise his career total to nine. That's just one interception short of making the top-10 on the UW career chart (four Huskies are tied for eighth with 10 career picks). Johnson has four interceptions this season. His four picks in seven games (0.57 per game) are tied for third in the Pac-10 Conference and 17th in Division I-A.
Biddle The Bullet: Senior safety Owen Biddle has emerged this season as one of the top special teams players in the Pac-10 Conference. Biddle, a former walkon who earned a scholarship three seasons ago, has compiled a total of 19 tackles this year on special teams alone. By comparison, last season, Arizona linebacker Ray Wells was named the Pac-10's first-team all-conference special teams player (non-kickers), and Wells compiled 11 special teams tackles all season according to current UW and former Arizona special teams coach Scott Pelluer.
Walkons For Kicks: Despite the arrival of two scholarship freshmen, it's been a pair walkons that have handled the lion's share of the kicking duties this season. Both of them -- senior punter Garth Erickson and junior kicker Evan Knudson -- have been solid thusfar. Erickson, who like Knudson had never appeared in a game before this year, is averaging 41.5 yards per punt this season and has had 11 of his 43 punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He's a big reason that the Huskies currently rank fourth in the Pac-10 in net punting (37.8). Knudson is 9-for-14 thusfar on field goal attempts. All but one of his five misses has been due to blocks. Knudson booted three field goals in the loss at UCLA and hit a 46-yarder in his first career attempt at Ohio State, still his season and career long. Knudson is also 24-for-25 on PAT tries and leads the Huskies in scoring with 51 points, good for fifth in the Pac-10 at 6.4 points per game.
Kicking It Deep: While true freshman Sean Douglas originally came from his home near Omaha, Neb., to the UW to be the Husky punter, it turns out he's become the Huskies' kickoff specialist. While senior Garth Erickson is handling the punting duties, Douglas is biding his time kicking off, and he's performed very well. Douglas has kicked off a total of 37 times this season. Of those 37, only three have been returned beyond the 28-yard line and one other was placed at the 35 after being kicked out of bounds. Of the 37, 18 have resulted in touchbacks while an additional six have been returned inside the 20 (not counting penalties on either the kickoff or return team). The only long return of the year by a Husky opponent was by Nevada's Maurice Mann, who returned a kick 43 yards to the 44 (starting at the one-yard line).